Middlebury College Senior Wins Vermont State Women's Golf Association Championship
She had a seven stroke lead heading into the final round of play at the Vermont State Women's Golf Association Championship, and Chloe Levins was not about to let it slip away.
In fact, the Middlebury College senior captured her first title championship eight shots better than her closest pursuer, defending champion Tiffany Maurycy, winning the championship on Thursday.
Chloe Levins joined VPR's Mitch Wertlieb to talk about the big win.
"It feels great," Levins said. She added that she was happy to represent Rutland and bring home the first Women's Amateur since 1952.
"The front nine I was a little out of my comfort zone, being too comfortable in the lead," she said. "I like to feel pressure, and then when the lead got to two shots somewhere in the front nine, I felt the pressure again, and that's when I started playing better golf."
It was a challenging, rainy course.
"It was a tough course, it was playing a few shots harder I think, just because of the wetness," Levins said. "Our golf ball didn't roll at all out there."
Despite her big win, Levins saw some room for improvement.
"I'm happy with the way I played," she said. "I wish I would have managed myself and the course a little bit better on the front nine. But to finish even par on the last eleven holes is all you can ask for under the gun."
The 21-year-old competed in the same event five years ago and won second place then. As runner-up in that competition, Levins lost by two shots.
Golf isn't Levins' only sport. She'll compete in the 2019 US National Biathlon Rollerski Championships next week.
"The summer nationals are on roller skis, so it's good simulation for snow skiing," she said. "It's a good way to gauge how your training is going over the summer. And it counts a little bit toward qualification for early World Cups."
She said the races are important but that her primary goal is to have fun and take another chance to compete. Levins also said roller skiing can be scary.
"There are no brakes on these skis and we go up and down hills," she said. "We can get up to 35 kilometers per hour. And we have a rifle on our backs."